How to Install Your Own Backyard Leisure Pool

A backyard leisure pool as it is more commonly known is an above-ground swimming pool that’s set up in a backyard. It can be enjoyed by your entire family without having to travel long distances or spend excessively much money.

They may not look like a 5-star resort pool, but trust me, the backyard leisure pool has a lot of advantages most in-ground pools.

Not only are they smaller in size (and therefore easier to maintain), but you will find out that they are much cheaper than in-ground pools. One big difference is that they don’t require heavy excavation work.

What do you need to consider before installing a leisure pool

Of course, backyard leisure pools are not just as easy to install as they seem. You’ll need to be aware of certain aspects of the pool that may influence the outcome and success of your backyard pool.

Backyard leisure pool
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First and foremost, you need to consider the size of your backyard and how much space it has available for a backyard pool.

If you don’t have enough backyard space, then your backyard pool might end up being prohibitively small after all.

It is also important to consider what type of soil will lie under or around the backyard pool: does it consist mostly of clay, sand, or rock?

This will make a huge difference in regard to proper drainage conditions.

Last but not least, think about which side of the backyard is mostly sheltered from the wind and the sun.

This will prevent your backyard pool from developing a weird smell towards springtime when warmer weather brings back the warmth of sunlight and uncovers all those hidden backyard pools that were cold and full of water during winter.

What is the equipment you need to install a backyard leisure pool

You will need a few pieces of equipment to install the leisure pool:

  1. One or two reels of 4 inches of ABS piping (or depending on how large your backyard is).
  2. Air hoses.
  3. An air pump.
  4. PVC pipes.
  5. A standard backyard pool filter.
  6. A backyard ladder.

How much does it cost to install a backyard leisure pool

The prices for backyard leisure pools can range from $1,000 to $2,000 for a mid-sized backyard pool. But it can also cost much more than that.

This is, of course, an approximation – backyard pools are usually small enough that you can adjust the size of your backyard pool fairly easily depending on how much money you want to spend.

The prices for backyard pools vary greatly depending on their size, materials used, and whether or not you have them installed professionally or do it yourself from scratch.

You should make sure to budget at least 3-4 hours of work time per week dedicated solely towards maintaining your backyard pool throughout the summer months.

This includes regular backyard cleaning every day.

If you prefer to hire professionals, then expect that number to rise even higher as backyard pool installation costs also include maintenance costs.

You should budget at least $150 to $200 per week to maintain your backyard pool, which will also include the cost of chlorine.

What are backyard leisure pools made of

Above-ground backyard pools are usually constructed from long-lasting, weatherproof polymer or metal frames and PVC wall liners.

Build your own backyard leisure pool
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Some also use inflatable bladders that can be filled with air to provide backyard pool support.

Most cost-efficient backyard leisure pool walls are made from different types of plastics.

Assembly is quick, too. Most backyard swimming ponds don’t require any tools for assembly. They hardly ever have metal parts that would require a wrench or screwdriver set.

Instead, backyard leisure pools are built with plastic connectors. They’re designed to snap together easily without tools in order. This makes the construction a lot easier which significantly reduces the time needed to set up the backyard pool frame.

How to install a backyard leisure pool

1. First, make sure to clear off a space for the backyard leisure pool.

This should be a unique spot that is not near trees or other backyard obstacles that could cause backyard injuries or backyard pool corrosion.

The backyard leisure pool should be at least 16 feet away from the house and 4 feet away from any backyard obstacles.

2. Next, dig a hole 1 foot deep and 10 inches wide for each of the PVC pipes where they will intersect with one another.

3. After this, take the reels of ABS piping and lay them flat on top of each other so that they are parallel with one another. Then connect them together by using a connector to hold them in place, making sure that the connectors are not twisted.

4. You will want to ensure that the backyard pool is perfectly level so that it does not take on rainwater or backyard dirt.

However, backyard pools are made out of non-corrosive materials so you do not need to worry about backyard corrosion.

5. After this, use an inflatable bladder and fill it up with backyard water to check for leaks.

This way, you can save yourself time and backyard money by having any leaks fixed before actually installing your backyard pool in the ground.

6. After this, put down a layer of sand in order to prepare the backyard soil for the installation of the backyard leisure pool frame.

7. Make sure that there are no sharp edges when you are inserting your backyard in-ground pool components into the ground because these backyard metal parts can be very dangerous and backyard injuries often happen while installing backyard pools.

8. Then, take the backyard leisure pool frame components and put them together by snapping all of the plastic pieces together.

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9. Finally, fill it up with water and enjoy.


Leisure pools are backyard swimming ponds that have become popular in recent years. It’s a lot cheaper than in-ground swimming pools and they’re much easier to install in almost any backyard, regardless of landscape or soil conditions.

The A-frame above ground pool design lends itself to the backyard deck or patio installation and can be as large as your backyard and backyard budget allow.

Smaller above-ground backyard pools are more economical and easier to maintain, but landscaping materials can hide them from view more easily than larger installations.

Many backyard leisure pools also come with an automated cleaner like a robotic arm that keeps the surface free of algae and other impurities – this does require an electrical outlet though, so keep that in mind if you are installing your backyard pool somewhere secluded.